Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday congratulated Jide Sanwo-Olu, his opponent in the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Lagos State for emerging the winner.
According to a Punch newspaper report on its website, Ambode shared his congratulatory message at a press conference, where he reportedly urged members of the APC to support Sanwo-Olu, winner of the party’s Lagos governorship primary.
The APC panel sent to Lagos State to conduct the party’s governorship primary had earlier changed its position on the validity of the primary conducted in the state on Tuesday.
It was reported that contrary to its earlier position on Tuesday that the primary did not hold, the National Working Committee (NWC) panel led by Clement Ebri early Wednesday morning said the primary held consequently declaring Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the primary with 970,851 votes ahead of incumbent Governor Ambode, with 72,901 votes.
The state chairman of the APC, Tunde Balogun, had at about 9pm on Tuesday declared the same results, despite the insistence of the Ebri-led panel that the primary never held.
Balogun insisted that the poll held and it was valid, contending that it would be unfair to disenfranchise about 1.5 million party members who participated in the poll.
Changing its position to align with Balogun on Wednesday morning, the Ebri panel, in a press statement, said, “After resolving some of the hiccups, the Lagos State APC Governorship Primary Committee collated the results from the 245 wards in the 20 local government areas from the collating officers.